Introducing CUC

The Communication University of China (CUC) is one of China’s key universities of “Project 211”, directly under the guidance of the State Ministry of Education. The predecessor of the school was a training center for technicians of the Central Broadcasting Bureau that was founded in 1954. In April of 1959, the school was upgraded to the Beijing Broadcasting Institute approved by the State Council. In August of 2004, the BBI was renamed into the Communication University of China. Located in the east part of Beijing and near the Old Canal, the CUC occupies 463,700 square meters with a total construction area of 499,800 square meters. 

The motto of the CUC is “integrity, professionalism, erudition and competence”.

The CUC sticks to its own line of thinking in subject establishment to arrange each teaching course into a scientific structure, focusing on individual features and wide connections with other courses. As a result, an inter-relating and inter-influencing discipline system is formed which covers journalism and communication, film & television arts, information science and technology, literature, engineering, management, economics, law and science. So far, there have been 6 faculties, 1 co-innovation center and 5 directly affiliated schools in the university, which comprise 2 national key disciplines (journalism and radio & television arts), 1 national key developable discipline (communication), 3 municipal key disciplines[ 一级学科北京市重点学科] (journalism & communication, art theory, theater film & television), 4 municipal key subordinate disciplines[ 二级学科北京市重点学科] (linguistics & applied linguistics, communications & information systems, electromagnetic field & microwave technology, animation), 7 post-doctoral research centers, 7 doctoral programs, 35 doctoral programs (subordinate disciplines)[ 博士学位授权一级学科点、二级学科点], 18 master programs, 95 master programs (subordinate disciplines)[ 硕士学位授权一级学科点、二级学科点], 8 professional master categories, and 84 bachelor programs.

The CUC devotes itself to cultivate advanced and practical talents with multi-subject knowledge and creativity. Since its day of founding, the school has made such a great contribution to the national business of radio and television that it has gained the fames --- “a cradle of China’s radio and television talents” and “a well-known university in the field of information communication”. Now, there are nearly 14,000 full-time students in the CUC, including over 9,000 undergraduates, over 4,000 candidates for doctor and master degrees, and over 10,000 students in programs of continuing education.

Among the total 2008 staff members in the CUC, there is a strong faculty team of 1123 professionals, including 344 professors and 566 associate professors. Some of the professionals enjoy great fame both at home and abroad, including one academician[ 双聘院士]. In recent years, 4 professors have been appointed to a distinguish position as the Changjiang Program Scholar; 5 have been admitted as a member of Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council[ 国务院学位委员会学科评议组], 4 have entered national leveled Talent Engineering Project; over 20 have won the national or municipal Famous Teacher prize, while a batch of young and middle-aged teachers have grown up into academic backbones, which have, therefore, raised the whole academic level of the school. In addition to all these above, the CUC has employed a number of well-known experts and scholars as visiting professors.
As the academic research center in information communication, the CUC pays enough attention to research work on like what to communicate, how to do it with a creative and high-tech way, and how to give better advisory services for the government and enterprises in decision-making. Being part of the research outcome, a number of research centers have been set up, among them are the Humane Studies Base subordinated to the State Ministry of Education, Research Center of Radio &Television, Center of Digital Engineering of Radio & Television, Branch Center of Audio Language under the National Language Research Center, Institute of Art, Institute of Communication Studies, New Media Research Center, and Cultural Industry Research Center. Besides, there are also several other bases subordinated to Ministry of Culture, SAPPRFT, State Administration for Industry & Commerce, and several key laboratories at national and municipal level. The CUC has hosted and completed several programs which are of advanced level in China and abroad in the field of digital broadcasting technology --- the standard making and system developing for the national digital medium and short wave broadcasting, the standard making for the national mobile phone TV & mobile multimedia technology. The university publishes a well-known magazine named Modern Media which belongs to the Journal Project of the State Ministry of Education. 

The public service systems of the CUC are getting comprehensive and completed day by day. There are now a school multi-media network, integrated digital cable network, library information resource network, and modern distance education network. CUC have 2 National Experimental Teaching Demonstrating Centers (Teaching & Experiment Center for Radio Television & New Media, Teaching & Experiment Center for Animation & Digital Arts), 6 Municipal Experimental Teaching Demonstrating Centers, e.g., Learning Center for Practicing Advertising, Teaching & Experiment Center for Animation. And there are also others more ---some well-equipped multi-media classrooms, studios and laboratories, and a library network system with rich information resources in both electronic and paper forms.

The CUC has established an exchange and communication relationship with more than 200 renowned foreign universities and scientific research organizations of media. In 2009, The International Forum of Higher Education in Media and Communication was held by CUC. Representatives from 65 world's leading colleges and universities in media spreading across 27 countries and regions signed the "MLeague Declaration". In addition, the CUC is one of the teaching units of Media and Women of the UNESCO, and the host of some international academic institutions like Asian Media Research Center, and European Media Research Center. High-leveled academic meetings hosted by the CUC, such as Asian Media Forum, Forum of Female University Presidents of the World, China Dissemination Forum have already become important interaction platforms of the international media world and higher educational institutions.